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  1. katrinka

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    I like that. People in high offices are just people. Some are quite capable. Others - I don't know WTH happened. Peter Principle run amok? I can respect the queen for things she's done, like her service in WWII. I don't respect titles. There's a lot of Christian references there. More than I'm really comfortable with, even if they mean a lot of them metaphorically. But I've developed a kind of allergy from hearing all the evangelical insanity and hate-spewing these last few decades. I think a lot of people have developed that allergy. That's why so many are identifying as pagan, etc. When I was a kid, nobody thought about any of this. Everybody was nominally what their family was, but a lot of them were nonpracticing. I used to hear a lot of people say things like "My church is in the woods." So there was a reverence for nature. But now people feel a real need to distance themselves from churches. I'm sure the Quakers are much saner. The link calls Christianity A way, not THE way. I googled that and found this video. http://quakerspeak.com/difference-between-programmed-unprogrammed-quaker-worship/ The unprogrammed meetings sound like the kind of things you're talking about. Very nice. But the programmed ones - pastors, sermons....somebody even mentioned an "evangelical Friends meeting." These groups really run the gamut. I like that. A lot of this stuff does seem to be regional, just looking at the places that the people in the video were from. Chico, CA, unprogrammed. Iowa, very programmed. North Carolina surprised me, though.
  2. It's VERY good to have that post available again!
  3. I don't see any sense in removing the significator from the pack and burying it under two cards, either. Leaving it in the pack gives it the opportunity to show up on the table, or not. That tells you something. I don't go around the circle combining. 4 and 5 combine well, but 3 strikes me as part of a different narrative. There's a ton of possible combos, though. I made a thing in MS Paint just now showing some of my favorites. I didn't include every possibility, this is just an idea. (Ignore the card under 1 and 2, it's a generic CC diagram I grabbed off of google images. It's getting harder to find diagrams laid in the standard order.
  4. That's one way. The other is to simply look into it, in dim light. Your mind will start to wander - when it does, bring your attention back to the crystal. Practice this for about 15-30 minutes a night - you're training your mind to automatically react to it. Cool. :) I blogged on it a few years back, too. There's some links to public domain books there - the Sepharial book has particularly good instructions. https://fennario.wordpress.com/2015/01/11/inner-space-the-final-frontier/ Yes, they'll concentrate sunlight, a lot like a magnifying glass! Best to keep them put away, or at least out of the sunlight!
  5. I wouldn't give up, the answer is out there if we're persistent. Things can change colors for various reasons. I'm sure by now we've all seen cars with ChromaFlair paint jobs that change according to the direction you view them from. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChromaFlair And there's the things already mentioned that change in different kinds of light - alexandrite, neodymium glass. And there's the mood rings and thermal nail polish you mentioned that respond to temperature. Luna, if everybody is seeing the same color changes in your ball, it's a physical phenomenon rather than a visionary one. And that makes it easier to pin down.
  6. "This covers you...", explanation, "this crosses you..", explanation, and so forth, in the order the cards were laid out. A lot of people do that. It's pretty much what Waite SAID to do, at least to the general public. It's very sectional. 1 + 2 is talking about the present moment. 4 + 5, the roots of 1+2. Etc.
  7. Yes. I have a neodymium glass sphere. It's pinkish lavender in daylight or under regular incandescent light bulbs, but under fluorescent light, it's green: Sellers of items like this often won't tell you anything factual. I has to ask around quite a bit to find out it was neodymium glass. The sellers of this one actually called it "reconstituted quartz", meaning that ground quartz had been melted back together. The hilarity in that is the fact that quartz is the source of silica used in the production of glass, therefore, ALL GLASS is "reconstituted quartz". I have no idea what's going on with your sphere, Luna. Your photos aren't showing up for me, either. :(
  8. The Native Americans did fine without them, until colonization. (Yes, they were civilized: the definition of civilization is "an advanced stage of social and cultural development and organization." They definitely had that. As did indigenous people in other parts of the world.) But they had robust oral traditions. As long as things get passed down and learned, it doesn't matter how they're communicated. It's peoples' refusal to learn that's the problem.
  9. It's a great little book, isn't it? And his blog is back https://abcartomancy.blogspot.com/ (Please do not link to it on facebook, as per his request.) One interesting tidbit: Andy does occasionally use the Celtic Cross. But he takes card interaction into account. He says the idea is to make it a ten card reading, rather than ten one card readings.
  10. katrinka

    Paganism

    Thanks for this. I've never actually encountered any Quakers (or if I did, they didn't mention their affiliation), and had only read bits here and there. So I did a little googling, as well. There seem to be various sects ranging from liberal to evangelical, and even with those categories, it's kind of confusing: "At the same time, some individual monthly meetings within the liberal branches of Quakerism are less comfortable and open with the wide theological diversity that characterizes liberal Friends than others, and some meetings within other branches–particularly the Conservative branches–are in practice highly diverse and open, though commonly identifying themselves as explicitly Christian. While these affiliations provide a clue, it’s hard to know just how “liberal” a meeting is or isn’t without spending some time there, in worship and fellowship. " (source http://liberalquakers.org/find-liberal-quakers) They seem reasonable enough, for the most part. I'm not a joiner, but I like them. Maybe I didn't break the quiz after all, lol.
  11. katrinka

    Paganism

    Ha! I always get them last, too. It's one thing that never changes.
  12. katrinka

    Paganism

    I used to get that in the #1 spot. But I'm told by people who actually attend such services that they lean Christian, so I never went. Now it says I'm a Liberal Quaker, but NO. The idea of sitting around a table and talking about Jesus doesn't do it for me. I think I broke the test.
  13. Yes. People think it's a Lenormand technique, but it's actually part of standard cartomancy, or was before the PKT reigned supreme. I was just talking about something similar over in the reversals thread https://www.thetarotforum.com/forums/topic/5303-do-you-reverse-cards/page/2/?tab=comments#comment-110760 The beauty of Lenormand is that it preserved cartomancy!
  14. I don't use reversals. I know how to read them (I was under the impression they were mandatory when I was first learning) but I stopped when the internet happened and I was finally able to access material on Lenormand and other traditional cartomancy. Now I use attendance: distance and combinations. In Lenormand, for example, the Fish is a good card. It's money and abundance. But suppose you had Scythe - Fish - Coffin? Big losses coming! Stock up on ramen noodles - ugh! Or the loyal Dog was preceded by the Fox and followed by the Snake? Watch your back. Same with Tarot. RWS, for example: 2 of Cups, excellent. 7 of Swords, 2 of Cups, Tower - run! That's just the way card reading was done until fairly recently. Any card reading: Lenormand, playing cards, Sibilla, Kippers, and yes, Tarot. I kind of blame the massive popularity of Waite for it being buried all these years. What came into vogue was reversals, and reading the cards in named positions as little islands unto themselves - which is fine if you want to do that. But for the most part, the available information here in the US pushed that to the exclusion of everything else. Don't get me wrong, some books suggested considering nearby cards. But virtually nobody explained it, with the possible exception of Sasha Fenton. But her books weren't available to me (if they were available in the US, I blinked and missed them) until the internet happened. For the most part she was a UK phenomenon. Crowley, interestingly, didn't use reversals either. But I don't think he gave any further explanation? Anyway, I find them unnecessary at best, and oftentimes they can actually fuzz up the picture for me. I'm already doing context and attendance, and, rarely but sometimes, named positions - add reversals to that and it just turns into an ambiguous blob of contradiction and paradox.
  15. It's good to hear somebody's still using the Ironwing. I was all kinds of broke during the time it was available, but I used to admire it - it's the only blacksmithing Tarot I've seen, and my grandpa was a blacksmith, as was my first boyfriend's dad. And iron itself is awesome - cast iron cookware, wrought iron...! It looked like a very unique system, but in a good way. Something that would be an effective reading deck once you learned it. All the buzz at the time was "Ironwing! Ironwing!" and a lot of people bought it, but I seldom see evidence of people sticking with it. So props! I think the same thing is happening with Benebell's Tarot, it's trending now, but next year people will pile on another bandwagon. Lorena was planning another deck years ago, a playing card deck of black cats, but I don't think it ever came to fruition. She's still around, she's just gotten out of the card game. Visionary. This is coming around again, I think: http://www.mineralarts.com/artwork/tsunamiart.html Apologies for the OT, Joan Marie. Onward!
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